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Starlost, The

1 9 7 3 (Canada) 16 x 60 minute episodes This low-budget Canadian obscurity was seemingly produced with the money left over from Doctor Who. Nevertheless, the...

Cannibal Girls (1973)

This Canadian-produced horror spoof by future SCTV stars starts when a young couple, Clifford (Eugene Levy) and his girlfriend Gloria (Andrea Martin,) experience car trouble and...

Adventures of Sinbad, The

1 9 9 6 - 1 9 9 8 (Canada) 42 x 60 minute episodes In this over-the-top fantasy, loosely based on Arabian Nights, Sinbad (Zen Gesner) was...

Seaway

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 6 (Canada) 30 x 60 minute episodes Made in Canada by England's ITC television company, this short-lived drama series...

Last Night (1998)

Last Night is perhaps the quietest of all films about the end of the world, offering a naturalistic study of behaviour and relationships in...

Killer Party (1986)

It's April Fool's Day and the sisters of Sigma Alpha Pi have found the perfect place to throw a party: the abandoned Delta Sigma...

Police Surgeon/Dr Simon Locke

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 5 (Canada) 95 x 30 minute episodes Originally broadcast under the title Dr Simon Locke, this Canadian drama series featured...

Rock & Rule (1983)

Angel, a female member of a punk rock band in the apocalyptic future, is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary and malevolent old rocker. Obsessed with a...

Crash Test Dummies

This Canadian band evolved from a Winnipeg bar band called Bad Brad Roberts and the St. James Rhythm Pigs. Possessed of a highly-distinctive bass-baritone voice, vocalist/guitarist...

Four Lads, The

First known as The Four Dukes, this Canadian doo-wop group was formed in 1947 in Toronto by Jimmy Arnold, Bernie Toorish, Frank Busseri and...

Martha & The Muffins

Martha and The Muffins were a playful Canadian new wave band who had their roots in a mid-70s outfit called Oh Those Pants - a 10-piece...

Cowboy Junkies

Canadian musician Michael Timmins and his childhood friend Alan Anton formed a group called Hunger Project in 1979. It was not successful and, relocating to...

Decoy For Terror (1967)

No-budget Canadian horror flick (also known as The Playgirl Killer) about a deranged artist with a nasty habit of killing and freezing his models when...

Rush

Rush began playing hard rock/heavy metal in Toronto bars. After financing a debut LP themselves, Neil Peart (an ingenious lyricist) replaced the band's original...

Neil Young

Since co-founding Buffalo Springfield in 1966 (and then splitting after two albums), Neil Young rarely stopped moving. Born in Toronto in November 1945, Neil Perceval Young worked in...

Loverboy

"Nice" was the perfect word to describe Loverboy, a friendly good-natured Canadian rock band so wholesome they could have joined the Boy Scouts. Their first...

Joni Mitchell

Roberta Joan Anderson was born on 7 November 1943, in Fort Macleod in the prairie province of Alberta, Canada. She was the only child of...

Headpins

Headpins was formed in Vancouver, Canada, in 1980 by ex-Chilliwack men Brian MacLeod and Ab Bryant. Fronted by former fashion model Darby Mills  - who...

Diodes, The

When punk first broke in 1976, Canadian band The Diodes (Paul Robinson, John Catto, Ian Mackay, John Hamilton and, later, Michael Lengyell) were in...

Teenage Head

Friends from an Ontario (Canada) high school formed Teenage Head in 1975 and released a self-titled album in 1979. It sold poorly, but 1980's Frantic City -...

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Twenty-One 

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) This highly popular big-money quiz show based on the card game Twenty-One premiered on NBC...

Cramps, The

Sometime in the mid-70s, Erick Lee Purkhiser of Stow, Ohio exchanged his given name for words he found in an automobile catalogue. Taking on...

1962

January 01 - Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 - The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books...

Spy-Catcher

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) 24 x 30 minute episodes This BBC series starred Bernard Archer as British army interrogator Colonel Oreste...

Verdict Is Yours, The (UK)

1 9 5 8 (UK) This series of mock trials from Granada had plots but no scripts. Actors playing witnesses and legal counsel improvised their...

Irn-Bru

Such is the remarkable popularity of Irn-Bru in its native Scotland that it outsells both Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In the 1980s, the drink’s tagline was...

Elgins, The

The Elgins were a quartet - three males (two of whom had originally signed to Motown as part of The Downbeats) and female lead...

Perfume

AQUA MANDA In the early 1970s, Aqua Manda targeted teens and girls in their twenties with its fragrance of flower power. It was made from...